A holiday lifestyle

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A peaceful life on the marina at Mannum makes the most of river views, and the
McCubbin 4e design by Sarah Homes was exactly what this couple wanted

Calm, relaxing and away from the bustle of city living, having a riverfront property certainly has its perks and nobody knows this more than Pamela and Gary Dillon. When the couple decided to build on the marina at Mannum Waters they wanted a welcoming space to share with family and friends.

After securing a waterfront property and searching for designs to suit it, they chose Sarah Homes to build their home. "We wanted a house that would be able to take in the view of the river, have a large balcony for a barbecue and for entertaining," Pamela says.

Attracted to the facade of the McCubbin 4e design with a skillion roofline, the couple wanted a home that would accommodate visitors with ease. Modifying the McCubbin design, they opted for three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one main living/dining/kitchen space which looks out to the  waterfront and the large deck at one end of the design.

"Big bedrooms were a must, because we are grandparents and the children now bring their children," Pamela says. Having a good balance between private spaces and a shared living area was also important for Pamela, especially when having the grandchildren visit. "Our bedroom and ensuite is at one end and can be very private and off-limits to the grandkids," she says.

Working alongside Sarah Homes proved a breeze with the build running on time and all their needs taken into account. "Sarah Homes were great and we had good communication along the way," Pamela says. The McCubbin's open-plan design and high ceilings are the couple's favourite feature of their home. "The raked ceilings in the living area make it feel roomy and the louvred windows cross flow the breeze  and keep the house cool in summer," Pamela says.

Complementing the relaxed nature of their location, Pamela wanted the home's interior and landscaping to be low maintenance but to still make a statement. "Our decorating style is still a work in progress, but essentially it's light with a holiday feel," she says. "We have made the garden very easy care with the use of native plants and cottage stone to reduce weeds and dust."

Building a 10.1m wide design also ensured the couple could make the most of their allotment, giving plenty of space to enjoy their water front jetty.'We are on the channel in the marina and any watercraft has to go 5km/h, which makes it very peaceful and safe for the kids," Pamela says. Proving that a waterfront location doesn't need to break the bank, the Dillons have created an idyllic, low maintenance sanctuary to enjoy with family and friends.

 

04-Jun-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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